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What are the best foods for puppies?

 

The ideal time to research the best food for puppies is before you actually add the round, fluffy bundle of canine to your family. There are many choices when it comes to puppy food brands and there are those who prefer to feed their dogs homemade dog food. Weighing the options available for feeding your Siberian Husky or Portuguese Water Dog and choosing what works best for your lifestyle means that you'll be bringing your puppy home to love, comfort, and great food!

 

Types of store-bought food
When you're standing in the dog food aisle, the choices are almost overwhelming. The best food for puppies is the kind labeled specifically for their age. Puppy food generally has more protein, minerals, vitamins, nutrients and fat required for proper growth. Consult with your veterinarian if you're unsure what the best type of food is for your puppy. If possible, keep your puppy on the same food the breeder has been feeding him or her, but otherwise purchase a small bag of new food to ensure your puppy eats it before buying more.

 

The right amount of food
Even the best foods for puppies can cause health issues like obesity when given in the wrong amounts. Puppies are constantly growing and eat a lot of food to maintain their energy and health. They need to eat up to four times as much as an adult dog to ensure proper growth. However, the food requirements for every breed of dog are different, so you need to understand their nutritional needs before choosing the best food for puppies of your selected breed. To gauge if your puppy is getting the right amount of food, make sure you can feel but not see their ribs and that when you look down at them, they have a visible waist. Keep in mind that some breeds will eat as much food as you put in front of them while other breeds including Siberian Huskies stop when they're full, so carefully monitor your puppy's food intake.

 

Feeding frequency
Puppies aged 8-12 weeks old can eat three to four times a day but if that doesn't work with your schedule divide the amount of food up in two portions instead of four and feed twice a day. Beyond the age of six months, your puppy should only be eating twice a day and at a reduced amount than when she was younger. Follow the guidelines on the food package or those given by your veterinarian. Keep your puppy on scheduled feedings to establish a routine that works for everyone and don't leave food sitting out between meals. Never feed your puppy from the table because it encourages begging, interferes with their nutrition, and can expose them to foods harmful to dogs.
 

The homemade food option

The number of people choosing to feed their puppies and dogs homemade canine food has been steadily increasing over the last decade. This increase is due to fears generated by pet food recalls, owners' desires to bond with their dog, and the idea that homemade meals are a fresh alternative to store-bought dog food. If you believe that homemade meals are the best food for puppies, it's vital that you consult your veterinarian to insure that your puppy's food is complete, balanced, and free from anything toxic to dogs. Homemade meals need to have sources of protein, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, and a small amount of fat.

 

Ultimately, the best food for puppies is the kind that provides all their required nutrition, ensures proper growth, fits your lifestyle, and promotes optimal health for your canine companion. To learn more about the best foods for our puppy breeds, contact us today!

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